Area Student Guide 2013

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Rude Food Fiesta: Saturday 14th September, 4pm till 11pm, DIGBETH


We’re pretty sure this a first for Birmingham – or perhaps anywhere – and we’re really not surprised because foodie /arty experimentalists Companis never do anything that has been seen before. Always pushing the boundaries this time they are asking audiences to immerse themselves in the tempting and naughty RUDE FOOD FIESTA.

Companis has commissioned food producers Pop Up Dosa, Honeycat CookiesBearwood Pantry, Albert Smith the Comedy Baker, and earth oven artist/chef Lizzy Bean to create bespoke food and drink for the event (think Big Jugs Cocktail Bar, Glory Hole Pies) and furthermore there’ll be a selection of limited edition cakes by the incredible cake-artist Annabel de Vetten-Peterson of Conjurer’s Kitchen.

Curated by three filthy minded females Rude Food Fiesta promises to “engage its visitors in a food-related programme of food, art, performance, competition and music. The event will be challenging, memorable and spiked with humour.” With attendees being encouraged, and expected, to throw themselves right in.

So what to expect: 

Visitors will enter/exit the festival through a specially designed orifice which is sure to make them laugh out loud, the festival then opens out into the ‘alimentary canal’, and winds up at the Grand Union Canal!

Vagina pasta-making demonstrations led by ‘Margot Clunge’ – a sexually frustrated Fanny Craddock type character.

“This one’s for you!” is an exclusive performance, where only a few ticket holders will have an opportunity to experience an intimate one to one with Performance artist Kate Spence as she dances, ‘just for you’, to the soundtrack of your own choice, whilst you enjoy your chosen food.

National Storyteling Laureate, Katrice Horsley, will be reading smutty excerpts from found paperbacks throughout the event, and the whole fiesta.

Wile away the afternoon supping some specially brewed ales – created by Greg Cox and brewed by locally based Fownes Brewery or sample some experimental whisky cocktails (“Harvey Gangbanger anyone?”) by Birmingham’s famed Whisky Miss – Amy Seton.

Moselele provide the sonic backdrop while Sam Underwood performes with his ‘augmented’ tuba and other garden implements and Beth Bellis ‘Rude Food Quartet’ will provide a soundscape for competitions. The day will climax in a fabulous cheesy set by Charity Shop DJ.

Companis Food Provocateurs present… Rude Food Fiesta: It’s a bit of a mouthful!
Saturday 14th September, 4pm till 11pm
Edible Eastside, Fazeley Street, Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 5RS
Tickets £15 (

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